Telecommuting San Diego: Benefits & Holdbacks

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Presentation made to the transportation committee of San Diego Chamber of Commerce on why the county needs a telecommuting advocacy program, the corporate, employee, and community benefits, funding options, and holdbacks

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Telecommuting San Diego: Benefits & Holdbacks

  1. 1. Take Your Pick<br />
  2. 2. What is Telework<br />Telework – any form of substitution of information technologies for work-related travel<br />Teleworker – anyone who works remotely<br />Telecommuter – an office worker who periodically (one or more days per week) works remotely<br />“All telecommuters are teleworkers, but not vice versa”<br />-- Jack Nilles<br />
  3. 3. What Do We Know<br />• 20+ Years WAH<br />• Authors<br />- Undress For Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home (Wiley, 2009). Foreword by Jack Nilles.<br />- Praised by WorldatWork, Telework Canada, Telcoa, and top worklife experts.<br />
  4. 4. Telework Research<br />250+ Studies<br />Researchers, Advocates, Naysayers<br />Employers, Employees, VC’s<br />Our research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, Fortune and many other publications.<br />
  5. 5. Telework Savings Calculator<br />• Used by legislators, community advocates, and Fortune 500 companies in U.S. and Canada to promote telework initiatives <br />• Available for every City, County, Metro Area, Congressional District, State in U.S. <br />• Savings<br /><ul><li>Community: Oil, greenhouse gases, traffic, highway maintenance
  6. 6. Company: Real Estate, Absenteeism, Turnover, Productivity
  7. 7. Individual: Gas, auto, food, parking, tolls, clothing, daycare</li></ul>Telework Savings Calculator<br />TeleworkResearchNetwork.com<br />
  8. 8. Telework Savings Calculator - Sources<br />American Community Survey / Census<br />U.S. General Services Administration<br />Bureau of Transportation Statistics<br />Bureau of Labor Statistics<br />U.S. Department of Energy<br />Federal Highway Administration<br />National Highway Safety Administration<br />EPA<br />Colliers International<br />Global Environment and Technology Foundation<br />The Reason Foundation<br />Cushman & Wakefield<br />American Management Association<br />TalentKeepers<br />WorldatWork.org<br />CommuteSolutions.org <br />
  9. 9. Custom Savings Calculator<br />Total # of employees<br /># Teleworkers<br />Days / week they will telework<br />Additionalemployees who could work at home<br />Roundtrip miles to work<br />Roundtrip commute in minutes<br />Other employee Savings<br />$ per gallon of gas<br />% teleworker offices that are eliminated<br />Cost per kWh of electricity<br />Cost/per office<br />Cost of losing an employee<br />Cost of unscheduled absences<br />% Reduction in absences<br />% of employees who quit each year<br />% improvement in retention<br />Assumed improvement in productivity<br />Average annual earnings of teleworkers<br />Other company savings <br />% Who could work at home<br />% of people who want to telework<br />% Daily travel reduction<br />Parking, Lunch, Work Clothes<br />Other Individual Savings/Year<br />Day CareCosts<br />
  10. 10. San Diego County<br />Potential San Diego Impact: <br />$6.1 Billion a year<br />. . . $15,796 per half time teleworker<br />• Corporate: $ 4.1 Billion• Consumer: $ 1.6 Billion• Community: $345 Million<br />Nationally: Over $650 Billion/Year<br />
  11. 11. Corporate Bottom Line<br />• Productivity $2.2 B <br />Best Buy’s increased 35%<br />Dow Chemical’s increased 32.5%<br />IBM’s increased 50%<br />• Real Estate Savings $1.1 B<br />Sun Microsystems saves $68 million/year<br />U.S. Patent & Trademark Office avoided $11 million in new real estate expenses through telecommuting and office hoteling<br />McKesson saves $1 million a year<br />
  12. 12. Corporate Bottom Line<br />Absenteeism $435 M<br /><ul><li>78% of people who call in sick aren’t
  13. 13. U.S. GSA estimates 63% reduction
  14. 14. 64% of managers say reduced absenteeism was a strong reason to allow flexible work</li></ul>Turnover $292 M<br /><ul><li> 85% of employers say telework increases employee retention.
  15. 15. 68% Shering-Plough teleworkers say it’ a factor in their decision to stay
  16. 16. 72% of employees say they’d choose a flexwork job over traditional.</li></ul>Company Savings = $10,000 per person / yr<br />
  17. 17. And Much More<br />Increased talent pool<br />Disabled, Military, Caregivers<br />Improved COOP<br />Community citizenship<br />Alternative to off-shoring<br />Avoid environmental sanctions<br />Avoid city access fees<br />Reduced overtime<br />Reduced overstaffing<br />24/7 global coverage<br />Fewer meetings<br />Results-based management<br />Reduced discrimination<br />Increased employee empowerment<br />Improve work-life balance<br />Avoid local labor burnout<br />Equalize personalities<br />Local licensing compliance<br />Local knowledge hires<br />Tax / Cash Incentives<br />
  18. 18. Employee Bottom Line<br />Total Employee Savings:<br /> $2,000 to $7,000/Yr<br />+ 2-3 extra weeks of free time/year<br />- 90% of home-based telecommuters say they are happier with the balance in their lives because of working from home.<br />- Two-thirds said they’d take another job to ease the commute.<br />
  19. 19. Community Bottom Line<br />Total Community Savings:<br />$127 Million<br />Accident Costs: $109 Million<br />Highway Maintenance: $18 Million <br />- 1.1 Billion VMT<br />
  20. 20. Environmental Bottom Line<br />Imported Oil: $217 Million<br />2.7 million barrels<br />Greenhouse Gases: <br />497,000 tons/yr<br />Equivalent to 90,000 cars<br />
  21. 21. Small Companies / Big Savings<br />
  22. 22. Road Blocks<br />Management<br />- attitudes, knowledge, costs, security, culture, legal<br />Employee<br />- loneliness, discipline, jealousy, advancement, overworking<br />• Community<br />- advocates, leadership, commitment<br />
  23. 23. Models for Success<br />Telework.gov<br />WorkshiftingCalgary<br />Telework VA<br />Grants up to $3,500 per employee<br />Georgia<br />Tax Credits: $20k for feasibility, $1,200 per employee<br />Oregon<br />Up to $30,000 tax credits<br />AZ, CT, Seattle, Denver<br />
  24. 24. San Diego Possibilities<br />City/County Employee Telework Program<br />Telework Advocacy for Companies<br />Seminars / Webinars<br />Savings Assessments<br />Web-based Resources<br />Review Laws<br />Pilot Program / Demonstration<br />
  25. 25. Show Me ‘da Money<br />Dozens of federal and state telework laws and other initiatives have been proposed and, in some cases, made law in recent years. <br />CMAQ / SAFETEA-LU and successor DOT programs<br />CDBG / DOE Funds (eligible activities: transportation programs that conserve energy)<br />SBA / SBDC<br />Women’s Bureau<br />Corporate Sponsors<br />
  26. 26. We Want To Help<br />Make the Road Less Traveled the Way to Workin San Diego<br />Kate Lister 760-703-0377 • Tom Harnish 760-473-2574<br />kate@TeleworkResearchNetwork.com<br />http://TeleworkResearchNetwork.com<br />© 2010 Aerodite Inc.<br />

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